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Patient Participation in Palliative CareA voice for the voiceless$
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Barbara Monroe and David Oliviere

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198515814

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198515814.001.0001

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Palliative care and chaplaincy

Palliative care and chaplaincy

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(p.164) 12 Palliative care and chaplaincy
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Patient Participation in Palliative Care
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Peter W. Speck (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198515814.003.0012

This chapter discusses palliative care and chaplaincy, which is also known as spiritual care. To provide spiritual care that is meaningful, relevant, and supportive to the patient requires a process of discernment of what the person's needs might be, an exploration of the options appropriate to meeting those needs, and then engaging together in the relevant ritual or activity. The chapter presents a research perspective of a study that aimed to discover whether there was any link between the strength of a person's belief and the quality of life in old age in a group of elderly spouses. It also provides several accounts that describe the parallels for spiritual care provision.

Keywords:   chaplaincy, spiritual care, research perspective, quality of life, parallels

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